Year 9 PEDSSA Tournament – 7th November
The red team started their tournament off against St Edwards. Both teams are always equally matched, and the game played in good spirit. Despite players from St Edwards making some cracking interceptions and turning defence into attack, our girls made more – Alice was everywhere making flying interceptions and winning the ball, resulting in Lucy slotting them through the net from far out in the circle. The girls won this game 5v3.
The second game caused much excitement as they were playing local rivals Swanage. Having a previous win under their belt, the girls knew what they had to do to improve, and they did not disappoint, beating Swanage 15v1. The games were back to back, and fast paced, but this did not deter the girls, and they went on to beat Poole High School 6v2.
Unfortunately, the last game was against Canford; these girls were well drilled, and very tall, making it difficult for our girls to get free and break down their defence. Sadly, this was the first defeat of the day. However, we did finish second in the group which meant we qualified for the semi finals. This did mean we are now up against the winners of the other group, our nemesis Parkstone. Undeterred the girls came out fighting, however their efforts did not reflect the score. The girls played their heart out, but were no match for Parkstone, who went on to win the competition.
Very tired, the girls had one final match: the playoff for third and fourth. Unfortunately they started off slow, and conceded a couple of goals. They then managed to sort their centres out and they worked the ball up and down the court beautifully – both Immi and Leah put in some lovely feeds into the circle for Cerys to score. Olivia’s quick reactions stopped some balls coming into the circle but the height and power of Ferndown kept them in the game and time was not on our side, the girls couldn’t claw back the 2 goal lead. The girls displayed grit, determination, and teamwork, they should be absolutely proud to have finished a credible fourth.
The black team were in the other pool, which was equally as strong as the red teams. These girls were a credit to the school; some playing out of position, also two year eight girls are playing up a year group so these girls haven’t necessarily trained as a team. They were nervous to start, and a little rusty, but once they got into their stride, they played some beautiful netball. Ava scored some great goals, Rosie was nice and tight on her attacker, so was able to make some lovely interceptions, often given the ball to Abby, who as Centre linked the attack and the defence and got the ball down the court.
As the games, progressed, the girls started learning from their mistakes and gave away less fouls resulting in less possession for the opposition. The girls didn’t manage to get a win but they did show character, resilience, and improvement and that makes them winners in my eyes!
Red team player of the match Leah
Black team player of the match Rosie